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Durable Goods Orders  
Released On 2/27/2017 8:30:00 AM For Jan, 2017
PriorPrior RevisedConsensusConsensus RangeActual
New Orders - M/M change-0.4 %-0.8 %1.8 %-0.1 % to 4.9 %1.8 %
New Orders - Yr/Yr Change1.6 %1.3 %-0.6 %
Ex-transportation - M/M0.5 %0.9 %0.5 %0.2 % to 0.9 %-0.2 %
Ex-transportation - Yr/Yr3.5 %4.1 %2.4 %
Core capital goods - M/M change0.8 %1.1 %-0.4 %
Core capital goods - Yr/Yr2.8 %3.3 %0.5 %

Highlights
Throw out the all the advance indications that show unusual acceleration in the factory sector, because the meat of the January durable goods report only shows the usual volatility behind which are sagging numbers for key readings. Aircraft, both domestic and defense, skewed durable goods orders sharply higher in January, up 1.8 percent to hit the Econoday consensus. Not hitting the Econoday consensus, however, are orders that exclude aircraft as well as all other transportation equipment. This reading fell 0.2 percent to come in well below Econoday's low estimate for a 0.2 percent gain.

The worst news in the report is a 0.4 percent decline in orders for core capital goods (nondefense ex-aircraft). This ends 3 months of strength for this reading and pulls the rug out from expectations for a first-quarter business investment boom as indicated by business confidence readings.

Pulling the rug out from the whole factory outlook is yet another contraction for unfilled orders, down 0.4 percent and which have now fallen in 7 of the last 8 months. This is the deepest contraction since the recession and points squarely at lack of hiring for the factory sector. In other data, shipments are down 0.1 percent and inventories are unchanged to keep the inventory-to-shipments ratio unchanged at 1.61.

But aircraft is a big positive in this report though monthly gains are not likely to extend far, if at all. Upward revisions to December are a plus for fourth-quarter revisions while another positive is a 0.2 percent January gain for motor vehicles where the outlook however, given the strength of prior sales gains, is uncertain and will pivot on Wednesday's release of February unit retail sales. Weak exports have been the Achilles heel of the factory sector and today's report points to continued lack of demand for U.S. factory goods. Watch for advance data on goods exports in tomorrow's trade report for January.

Recent History Of This Indicator
Though volatile month to month, durable goods orders have been gradually improving on trend for the past year and, outside of defense aircraft, did show life in December. And core capital goods (nondefense ex-aircraft) posted strong increases in December and November that point to new business investment and improved output.

Definition
Durable goods orders reflect the new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for immediate and future delivery of factory hard goods. The first release, the advance, provides an early estimate of durable goods orders. About two weeks later, more complete and revised data are available in the factory orders report. The data for the previous month are usually revised a second time upon the release of the new month's data.

Durable goods orders are available nationally by both industry and market categories. A new order is accompanied by a legally binding agreement to purchase for immediate or future delivery. Advance durable goods orders no longer include data on semiconductors since semiconductor manufacturers stopped releasing this information to the Census Bureau.

The advance durable goods report also contains information on shipments, unfilled orders and inventories. Shipments represent deliveries made, valued at net selling price after discounts and allowances, excluding freight charges and excise taxes. Unfilled orders are those received but not yet delivered.

In 2001, the Census Bureau shifted from the standard industrial classification (SIC) system to the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). This caused some realignment of major industry classifications. Given the significant revisions incurred, the historical data now begin in 1992.
 Why Investors Care
 
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Monthly fluctuations in durable goods orders are frequent and large and skew the underlying trend in the data. In fact, even the yearly change must be viewed carefully because of the volatility in this series.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 
 

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